Incident Summary:

04/23/2015: Assailants, including suicide bombers, attacked a Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) checkpoint near Jisr al-Shughur city, Idlib governorate, Syria. This was one of three checkpoints surrounding Jisr al-Shughur that was targeted and one of four related incidents in the area on the same day. The attacks lasted until April 25, 2015. At least 73 people, including 30 soldiers and 43 assailants, were killed and an unknown number of others were injured across the three incidents in and around Jisr al-Shughur. In addition, at least 100 people, including government soldiers, militia fighters, and their families, were abducted across all four attacks and their whereabouts are unknown. Al-Nusrah Front, Ahrar al-Sham, and Jund al-Aqsa all claimed responsibility for the incidents.

GTD ID:
201504240096

When:
2015-04-23

Country:
Syria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Idlib

City:
Near Jisr al-Shughur

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 25
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden belts and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers for this incident represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201504240094, 201504240095, 201504240096, 201504250065, 201504250066, and 201504250067. Hostage numbers for this incident represent a division of a cumulative total of hostages across incidents 201504240094, 201504240095, 201504240096, 201504250065, 201504250066, 201504250067, and 201504250079.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jund al-Aqsa Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 24 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
"150 Syrian troops besieged in rebel Jisr al-Shughur: monitor," Agence France Presse -- English, April 30, 2015.
"Reports: Syria goverment loses stronghold in Idlib," Al Jazeera, April 25, 2015.
"Insurgents seize large parts of Syria's Jisr al-Shughour - monitor," Reuters, April 25, 2015.